This is a confusing issue for most.Inflammation in the body is a necessary thing - sometimes good, sometimes bad. Basically, it is either the body's response to something unfavourable (an infection, an intolerance, an injury) or something a bit stressful and not necessarily in a bad way (a tough workout). It is the body's method of self-protection and attempt to remove something harmful: cells, pathogens, irritants.

To some people, certain foods will increase inflammation (dairy, gluten), and to some people, simply eating too much in one sitting repeatedly leads to chronic issues of inflammation. Inflammation itself leads to MORE inflammation and can potentially lead to serious illness such as cancer, rheumatoid arthritis, heart disease and alzheimers (to name a few).

So, without writing an encyclopedia on the matter which is entirely possible, please do bear these things in mind and consider that it is important to discover what foods and habits your body may be reacting negatively to, first. Fixing things at the source is the first step. After that, bear in mind that the following foods can help to reduce inflammation's self-perpetuating effects - although, you really do need to find out what works best for YOU.

Foods that help with problems of inflammation

Green Tea Berries (all) Salmon - wild fatty fish Ginger Turmeric Garlic Red Cabbage Broccoli Cauliflower Kale Brussel Sprouts Organic, grass-fed meats Kelp Extra Virgin Olive Oil Sweet Potato

Foods that worsen inflammation

There are the obvious assailants such as processed foods, sugar and trans fats - and then, bear in mind these others. Soy / corn-fed meats Processed Meat Dairy Alcohol Refined Grains Food additives White potatoes Peppers Tomatoes Eggplant Gluten Shellfish

Articles that I adored reading while writing this post (and that you should check out as well):

The Big Carrot: Anti-Inflammatory Diet Dr. Weil's Anti-Inflammatory Diet Medical News Today: Inflammation Mark's Daily Apple: Anti-Inflammatory Foods Chicago Now: Best and Worst Foods for InflammationWhen choosing berries, choose organic to reduce toxicity.

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